It was some time ago now that I reviewed one of Lowepro's first ProTactic AW bags when it first came out, and it was quite well received on this end. Today, Lowepro announced the addition of four new bags to the ProTactic line which are easily recognizable and known for their external SlipLock-compatible accessory and webbing system and semi-rigid, premium build. Today's newest bags come in smaller sizes and, for the first time, in shoulder-bag variants — all maintaining the all-weather (AW) design with smaller mirrorless or single-body kits in mind. For the commuters or über-mobile that don't need room for multiple bodies and half a dozen lenses in addition to a 15-inch laptop, these smaller options may be the best choice now that they're on the market.
ProTactic SH 120 AW ($99.95)
Three of the four new ProTactic bags are shoulder bags. The ProTactic SH 120 AW, Lowepro's smaller shoulder bag, fits "a mirrorless kit, such as the Olympus OM-D E-M1, with attached lens, extra lens of flash, smartphone, and other small personal items."
ProTactic SH 180 AW ($149.95)
The ProTactic SH 180 AW shoulder bag lets you step up to a pro-sumer DSLR body like the Nikon D750 with a 24-70mm attached and still leaves room for up to two lenses, a tablet, and other small personal items.
ProTactic SH 200 AW ($169.95)
For a little more space to fit a full-sized DSLR body or body with grip, a 70-200mm lens, up to three more lenses, your tablet, and a 13-inch laptop, the ProTactic SH 200 AW is the largest shoulder bag in the lineup, but fits almost what the larger backpacks can accommodate.
ProTactic BP 250 AW ($189.95)
Finally, the ProTactic BP 250 AW now comes in as the smallest backpack in the lineup. A scaled-down version of the ProTactic 350 AW, the BP 250 is again more mirrorless-centric with room for a small body with 12-24mm lens attached, up to four additional lenses or flashes, an 11-inch MacBook Air, and other small accessories.
All of the ProTactic bags feature a built-in All-Weather AW Cover to protect against rain, etc.
I loved the original ProTactic 450 AW — the largest bag in the lineup — when it first came out. The build quality, attention to detail, and niche features sold me on the bag as a great addition to an already crowded and tired market. So even without yet reviewing these new bags, I have no doubt that these will continue in the still short, but well planted tradition of what the luckiest of us have come to expect from the ProTactic line.
The Lowepro ProTactic collection of bags are available to ship today from B&H with free expedited shipping, so check out all the options here.